Wastewater pump clogging issues caused by “flushables”—consumer products like wipes that are often marketed as safe for flushing—are well documented. But that does not mean they are going away anytime soon.
A September 2013 Associated Press article, “Popular Bathroom Wipes Blamed for Sewer Clogs,” introduced the issue to a national audience: Pre-moistened wipes and other consumer goods often marketed as flushable are creating pump clogs and sewage backups in collection systems across the nation.
America’s wastewater is conveyed daily by tens of thousands of pump stations, many of which were originally installed in the post-war boom era as our nation rapidly expanded. Many of these original stations still operate throughout the country, mostly in underground, dry-pit configurations. As such, municipalities with older pump stations are ultimately faced with the decisions of replacing them completely or finding less expensive routes through retrofitting internal equipment.
City standardizes with wet well mounted pump stations
Lift station reduces costs, provides further effluent clarification
Powell Gardens in Kansas City, Mo., did not want its thousands of annual visitors stumbling upon a wastewater treatment plant's unattractive equipment and odors while trying to enjoy their visit. The FAST aerobic process from Smith & Loveless offered quality treatment while operating out of sight, as well as easier maintenance and upkeep.
Utility compares data between WWMPS and submersible pumps
Robust pump construction and ease of maintenance contributes to capital and O&M costs remaining low throughout the long service life for Village of Peshtigo, Wis., pump stations
A Napa winery uses caves to enhance wastewater treatment.
The brewing process yields wastewater that is typically high in solids, which can cause a burden for municipal wastewater treatment utilities.
When the Town of Marana, Ariz. experienced rapid growth in 2000, quick but effective system solutions to their existing wastewater treatment lagoons were sought.
In 1971, the Falmouth, Maine, wastewater collection system began operation with 23 miles of sewer line and seven pumping stations handling more than 450,000 gallons a day. An integral component of this system is the Brown Street Pump Station #2, which pumps continuously into an interceptor trunk line and handles a large portion of the residential wastewater in south Falmouth.
This station, which was part of the original collection system installation, is an underground, packaged Custom Series Pump Station by Smith & Loveless.